Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko has submitted to Russian President Vladimir Putin a request for the supply of Iskander operational-tactical missile systems to Minsk to modernize the country's Armed Forces. Lukashenko said this in an interview to the National Defense Russian magazine.
“We need to be able to fight against the equipment that will come to us (from the West). We need not to soar in the clouds, and not to forget that yes, they can cover us with missiles, but they will never conduct a ground operation in Belarus - we are ready for this. We have Special Operations Forces. Now I'm disturbing your president (Putin), I need our 500-kilometer-long rocket launchers," Lukashenko noted.
According to him, we are talking about Iskander - Russian operational-tactical missile systems with a launch range of 500 km. Lukashenko plans to place them in the western and southern directions. At the moment, Belarus has Polonez systems with a shorter launch range - 300 km.
In addition, new armored vehicles produced by the Minsk plant, capable of accommodating eight to nine crew members, entered service with the Belarusian army.
A week ago the Belarusian Defense Ministry increased the concentration of air defense forces near its borders.
On November 8, hundreds of migrants, including women and children, were seen at the Polish-Belarusian border.
At the same time, the Polish Ministry of Defense sent to the border about 12 thousand soldiers on alert.
Soon, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko asked Russia to include strategic aviation on duty at the borders of Belarus.